Re: Were "nephews" sometimes really cousins? #general

Miriam Bulwar David-Hay

Yes, it's possible they were younger cousins. It's also possible that they were grand-nephews rather than nephews. It's also possible that they weren't actual nephews but were the husbands of nieces, who were writing on behalf of their wives (as was seen as proper in some circles). I've seen both those situations in my own family.

All the best,
Raanana, Israel.

Do U.S. online phone directories still exists? #usa #general


I just tried to find a land line number of a person who moved from one Boston suburb to another. Zabasearch still has the old number, all other directories, including WhitePages, hide the info or switch to a commercial web site intelius. It occurred to me to dial directory assistance at 617-555-1212 and I've got the number (don't know if it's right, it's my father-in-law's friend; will find out later).


As this seemed rather strange, I repeated the experiment using my own name (my address and the phone have not changed in over 30 years.) Zabasearch showed my brother's old street address and two numbers I did not recognize. WhitePages produced my brother's old address and two of his old numbers.


Is there a normal simple U.S. web-based phone directory without gimmicks?


Boris Feldblyum
FAST Genealogy Service

Re: calling card #yiddish #translation


The Yiddish is as follows:

Dear devoted friends, Efraim and Perele Wechsler may you both live,
We wish you from the depths of our hearts, a good blessed year, full of all the good as you desire for yourselves, all in it's right auspicious time- Amen!

Your close friend, from way back
Rabbi Menachem mendel Rabinowitz and his  honored (?)  Wife  Miriam, may she live.

moderated Re: Ancestor with Several Different Given Names? in records from 1800s Hungary #hungary


In Austro-Hungary Jozef could have been a none-Jewish secular name. As Jacob mentioned in his previous comment,
Josef's Hebrew name could have been Ze'ev which is also Wolf and Wilhelm. 
The same could have applied to Lipot- Samuel though I have no explanation to how  Isidor got into here.
Unless his secular name was Isidor, his Hebrew double name Samuel - Yehuda and Lipot could have been the Hungarian version of Yehuda.
Yohanan Loeffler, Melbourne Australia

Hinde BEIN (nee Zucker) #names

Karol Swanson

I'm trying to contact a Mordechai Zucker or anyone else who is searching for the above person.

I look forward to hearing from you.
K. Swanson

Deceased researcher. #ukraine,

yael polat

I wanted to contact the researcher Marcia R. Kahn (#8876), but sadly enough, she is noted as deceased. 
Maybe some one in this forum has been in touch with her in the past or knows how to contact her family?
Yael Polat
Researching especially the village of Khashchuvate

Stillborns #names #usa #general

Corey Brand


I found that my third great uncle Louis Miller and his wife Mollie Edith Goodman, did have one child, a male stillborn on 21 May 1914 in Los Angeles. The child was not given a name on the birth and death certificates. The child also seems to be buried in a non-Jewish cemetery in Los Angeles. 

In the religion, are Stillborns given names and proper funerals? I was shocked to find out the cemetery wasn’t a Jewish one. Maybe it’s a mistake? 

I haven’t been able to find Louis’ passenger manifests. Seems like the date and/or ship on his Massachusetts naturalization papers weren’t too accurate (1 or 15 Mar 1903, from Hamburg to NYC, on a ship called Deutschland). Something along the lines of Meller was the true last name. I assume he was Leib(a), after his paternal grandfather (he had many cousins named Louis). His grave doesn’t say a Hebrew name, and the Louis and Mollie are buried in a Jewish Cemetery. 

Any incite is appreciated. Thanks,
Corey Brand
Fort Lauderdale, FL

MELLER, MILLER, and many other spelling variations
Family hailed from Krekenava, in modern Lithuania and settled in Boston, Pittsburgh, and Los Angeles. 
Other names in the MILLER family: WEINER, from Kovno (unsure if from city or gubernia); LIBMAN/LIEBMAN, from Panevezys; GOLDBERG from Krakes; SHER from Krekenava. 

Looking for details about Vashbein from #bessarabia


My late grandfather, Moshe Vashbein was from Calarash and immigrated to Israel in the 20s.
After his death I've found out he had 2 brothers and 2 sisters, of whom or whoever was left I had no knowledge.
I know that one of the sisters immigrated to New York.
I'm looking for relatives of any degree.
I also know that a niece, named Pessy, was living in Lima, Peru.

Shahar Klein

American Jews and the Civil War--Conversation with Jonathan Sarna #usa

Jan Meisels Allen


Each week during Jewish American Heritage Month the National Museum of American Jewish History will have a lecture by an historian. On Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 6 PM ET the Museum’s chief historian Jonathan Sarna, Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis university will be discussing American Jews and the Civil War. Tune in on Facebook, you do not need a Facebook account to watch. The program is free.  Go to:


The Civil War divided the American Jewish community much as it did the nation as a whole.  Learn about Jews on both sides of the struggle, Jews and slavery, Lincoln and the Jews, and the lasting impact of the Civil War on American Jewish life in this informative conversation with the museum's Chief Historian, Jonathan D. Sarna


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Ancestry Announces Hosting a Virtual Memorial Day Parade of Heroes to Commemorate 75th anniversary of End of World War ll; Free Access Ancestry and Fold3 #events

Jan Meisels Allen


Ancestry has announced in honor of the 75th anniversary of the end of World War ll they will host a Virtual Memorial Day “Parade of Heroes”.  This will stream online Monday May 25th  11AM ET (8 AM PT) on Ancestry’s Facebook Page. Via Watch party. It will be  hosted by Kathie Lee Gifford. The “Parade of Heroes” will bring to life stories that honor those lost, through interviews with veterans of all ages and the lost veterans’ families, including a special feature reflecting on World War II.


To watch the stream see:

You do not have to be a Facebook subscriber to access the site.

After live stream will be available at

Free Access


There will be free access May 21-May 25 on with more than 550 million military records. You will have to register with your name, email and password.


Starting now through June 1, there will be free access to 500 million records and images from the National Archives and Records Administration on Ancestry including all 36 million of the nation’s World War ll young man’s draft cards . Go to:  Registration including your name, email and password is required.


To see the list of featured categories covered under this free access offer see:


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I have no affiliation with Ancestry and am posting this solely for the information of the reader.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: Translation of Hebrew and Yiddish phrases #yiddish #translation


The very last phrase in 20. Is הי״ד an abbreviation of השם יקום דמו, which means “May God avenge their blood”. 

Shumsker family from Zhytomyr #ukraine


I am looking for links to the Shumsker family from Zhytomyr. Some of the first names are; Sima Leah, Rivka, Shulim, Shlioma & Khaia (Chaya)

Re: ship records back to Europe from New York #usa

David Oseas

There is very little in the way of records available on so-called "Birds of passage", who returned to Europe.  The only collections that I'm aware of are located at NARA in Philadelphia -- see the article  "NARA Coast to Coast: Emigration Records at the National Archives at Philadelphia, Part 1" (I don't think they ever got around to publishing Part 2):

You may get lucky and find their outbound journey at a connecting port, such as LIverpool -- try searching for them on a site that specializes in European records, such as FindMyPast.

Regards,   David Oseas    <doseas@...>

Researching:     HYMAN/HEYMAN/HEIMOWITS/CHAJMOVITS: Zemplen-Dobra, Hungary > New York   STRUL:  Iasi, Romania > Haifa, Israel
KLEIN: Satoraljaujhely (Ujhely), Hungary > New York > Los Angeles  KRONOWITH: Hungary > New York
OSEAS/OSIAS/OSIASI/OZIAS: Iasi, Romania > Chicago > Milwaukee > Los Angeles    SHERMAN: Iasi, Romania > New York > Los Angeles
SCHECHTER/SHEKTER: Kishinev, Bessarabia > New York      WICHMAN: Syczkowo (Bobruisk), Belarus > Milwaukee > Los Angeles

Re: Help identifying a Jewish Soldier from 1919 #latvia #lithuania

Joyaa Antares

Hi Team,

Jack Gelman wrote,
Attached is a photo of my Grandfather. His name was Iossel Gernov. I believe it was taken around 1918-1919.   
He was living in Riga, Latvia at the time, but originally was from Lithunaia.    Any information you can provide based on whether the uniform was Soviet or Latvian, the military division, rank or other relevant information would be appreciated. .. // … snip ... //

I have been in a similar situation in the past and I joined the War Relics forum, and posted to the relevant group.  The response I got exceeded my expectations.
… I would think that one of the following groups will help:

Good luck!

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Researching ZAUSMER, ZOUSMER, ZESMER, CHOUSMER, CHAUSMER, TSOUZMER etc, MARCUS, DAVIDOFF in Polangen, Kretinga, Darbenai, Libau, Riga, Memel
SCHORR, SCHERZER, JURIS and DAWID in Buckaczowce, Ottynia, Nadworna, and Kolomyya
ZUNDER in Buckaczowce and Ivano-Frankivsk
KEMPNER in Berlin, Lodz, Warszawa and London
MOSES (often MANSELL) in London and South Africa
LEVY, BADER in Berlin, Schwerin, Friedeberg

Re: Unusual Polish (?) surname - RUSZDIZAN #names #poland #unitedkingdom


A very similar surname,RUDZIAN, was found in Eisiskes, near your village.

Judy Baston, Coordinator,
LitvakSIG Lida District Research Group

ViewMate translation request - German (Prague birth record) #translation #austria-czech

Bob Lenk

I am requesting help reading is a page from a Prague birth register from 1883, posted to ViewMate at . I am interested in a transcription and/or translation of entry #4 - specifically the fields for place of birth, place of circumcision, and mother (name - Cacelia STEINER). Also, I would be interested in any explanation of the citation under the child's name (Rudolf) that appears to be H28941/82.

The page can viewed directly, with pan and zoom, at

[Replies via the ViewMate system only, please.]

Bob Lenk    <boblenk@...>

Were "nephews" sometimes really cousins? #general

Erika Gottfried

I have a number of photo postcards, written to my husband's grandfather, Max Rubin, an immigrant from Ostrowitz, Poland.  The postcards are written by different individuals (n both Yiddish and English) each of whom refers to himself as "your nephew."  The problem is that Max didn't have as many nephews as there are senders.  I'm trying to figure out what's going on here.

I know it's common in many families for older relatives to be referred to honorifically as "aunt" and "uncle" when they're not literally the aunt or uncle of the person addressing them.  Were there similar instances in which there were honorific "nephews" who were really younger cousins?

Erika Gottfried,  Teaneck, NJ     <erikagottfried53@...>

Belaya Tserkov, Ukraine #ukraine #usa


My grandfather, Morris (Moishe) Davidson (Davidsohn) was born in Belaya Tsekov, Ukraine on April 10, 1893 and died August 25, 1968. He came to the United States on December 1913 and was married to Rebecca (Reba) (Rivke) Mazis (Meyer) in 1916. His tombstone and death certificate indicates his father's name was David. He is buried in Mt. Sharon Cemetery. There is a David buried there who was born  in 1870 and died in July 1944. However, I can find no evidence, tying that David to Morris. At the moment, it seems as if I am at a dead end. Any suggestions?

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KANTOR descendants of Reb. Chaim of Volozhin #israel #ukraine #rabbinic

Yonatan Ben-Ari

I am trying to confirm a family written story which states that my
great grandmother , Bracha KANTOR/SCHECHTER was a descendant of Reb.
Chaim of Volozhin (or at least another member of his family).

Bracha's mother, Sarah Hinde KANTOR married to Reb. Shlomo KANTOR, a
Chazan in Karlin (Pinsk) during the second half of the 19th cent. The
above "story" includes a comment that Reb. Itzaleh, Reb. Chaim's son
took Sarah Hinde or her mother to her chupa (wedding canopy) as her
parents had died before her wedding.

Researching the published trees of Reb. Chaim, the closest similarity
that I found was that Reb. Itzaleh in fact had buried his own daughter
and her husband (LANDAU) and that in fact they had an unmarried
daughter. Unfortunately I do not find my ancestress in any of the
trees. I know that many rabbinical family trees often do not included
children who were not Rabbis or married to one. In fact a member of
the SOLOVEITCHIK family,(descendants of Reb. Chaim) wrote me that his
branch was not included since they did not go into the rabbinate.

Well known descendants of my great great grandmother are Chaim Dov
KANTOR, who was the mashgiach (kosher supervisor) of the yekev
(winery) in Zichron Yaacov (Israel) and Rabbi Yacov Meir SCHECHTER of
Chassidut Breslev. I had asked R' Yacov Meir as to the reliability of
his father's above story and unfortunately he could confirm or not
confirm it. Chaim Dov's (who died in the 1940s) descendants also
couldn't confirm the above story.

I would appreciate hearing from anyone who has a complete listing of
Reb. Chaim's descendants if he can confirm the connection between our
families.                      TIA.       

Yoni Ben-Ari, Jerusalem    <yonibenari@...>

Re: ship records back to Europe from New York #usa


Hi  Lisa B       <n2dzine2@...>

Do you only have the record from the Hamburg Passenger lists or also the record of the arrival in New York?
On the Passenger Manifest of the arrival in New York, there must be a second page which contains useful information.
Did you search for his entries in the United States census lists? New York has some for 1910, 1915, 1920, 1925, 1930,
the other States for 1910, 1920, 1930. You can find all this records on familysearch.
As far as I know records for the travel back to Europe can only be found on ancestry, and only if he changed ship in Great Britain.

Regards,   Corinne Iten   <itencorinne@...>

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